The BP Spill Still Hurting the Gulf of Mexico
|May 19, 2014||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
This 2014 excerpt of Thom’s Blog, Apr 21, is by Thom Hartmann.
Despite what we’ve heard from BP, the wildlife, the environment, and the residents of the Gulf of Mexico are still dealing with the effects of that massive oil spill four years later.
Residents are still dealing with skin boils, respiratory illness, and depression.
Many coastal environments that were once home to birds and wildlife are now just stretches of barren land and dead mangroves.
Many animal species are still struggling to recover from the 2010 disaster, including Bottlenose dolphins, Bluefin Tuna, sea turtles, and many others.
There was no way to completely clean up the 210 millions of gallons of oil that spilled in the Gulf.
Ed. Notes: How do corporations get away with it? Because government was not set up to defend your rights to a healthy environment. Government was set up to limit the liability of businessmen when something goes wrong after they tried to make a buck by putting nature, worker, and consumer at risk. Look at the history of politics. The laws that limit liability are centuries older than the laws that “protect” the environment.
How can we get government to befriend citizens instead of lobbyists? One key reform is restrict the power to tax. Don’t let politicians tax anything they want. Limit them to taxing infringements such as pollution. Let them use taxes and fees, etc, to recover common wealth — such as the worth of Earth — and to leave our private wealth alone.
Worried about no longer taxing the rich? Don’t. First, we don’t really accomplish much of that anyway. Second, if we recover our common wealth upstream, then there won’t be any undue fortunes downstream to long to tax.
Once government can’t tax anything, and as long as politicians want to raise revenue, then they’d have to capture the same natural values that are now being captured by the oil companies. Once oil companies are no longer filthy and unduly enormously wealthy, they won’t be able to pay government to do their bidding — and limited liability could be severely curtailed.
Then, when businessmen have their own incomes on the line, they won’t be so cavalier about putting everyone else at risk. Industrial “accidents” would become as rare as a misplayed note at a symphonic concert. Industry should not be sloppy; it could become a thing of beauty — once deprived of free and easy limited liability.